Commissioner Kochenderfer Secures Funding for a City of Rochester Road

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Adam L. Kochenderfer securing $14,440 in funding for a local road project in the City of Rochester. Oakland County’s contribution of $28,880 will assist in the completion to mill and resurface Letica Drive.

“Safe and smooth roads have to be one of government’s priorities. That is why the county commissioners are providing these funds to local communities,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Adam L. Kochenderfer.

City Manager Blaine Wing indicated his appreciation on behalf of the City of Rochester to Commissioner Kochenderfer for his work securing funding to improve local roads by stating, “The City of Rochester is very pleased that the county has selected the road improvement application. We appreciate everyone who helped with the application and for helping to get it approved.”

Funding for the project has been made available from Oakland County’s new Local Road Improvement Pilot Program. This program provides limited financial assistance to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on local roadways under their jurisdiction.

Local municipalities must match funding from Oakland County and projects should supplement, not replace, existing local road repair efforts. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners allocated up to $1,000,000 in matching funds to launch the program in 2016.

Communities are allocated a share of these funds based upon a formula consisting of road miles, population and crash data. The program supplements the long-standing Tri-Party Road Improvement Program, which provides a 1/3 share in matching funds for repairs on roadways under the control of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).

Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell explained the purpose of the pilot program by stating, “The long-term lack of investment from the state and federal governments in local road infrastructure has taken a heavy toll on our roadways. Poor conditions on our roads create an impediment to the economic development of our region and diminish the excellent quality of life our residents expect. While Oakland County government has no statutory responsibility to provide funding for local roads, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Board of Commissioners are working together to leverage limited county funds to be a part of an interim solution addressing the most pressing repair and maintenance needs.”

For more information, contact Oakland County Commissioners Adam L. Kochenderfer at 586-321-1332 or Oakland County Board of Commissioners-Senior Community Liaison, Julia Ruffin at 248-858-1092.


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